Doctor of Philosophy students generally take 2 years of courses while selecting their laboratory and graduate advisor after a series of rotations. During this time their thesis and experimental design is planned and experiments ideally started. The next 3 years are dedicated to experiments and dissertation writing. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is given under dissertation Plan B which specifies a three member (minimum) dissertation committee, and an optional final oral examination (made on an individual student basis by the dissertation committee). All students are required to present an exit seminar. Normative time to complete the Ph.D., measured from the time a student begins graduate study in the pharmacology and toxicology graduate group is 5.5 to 6 years.
Detailed information regarding the PTX Doctoral program: